Our Knitwear is made to last, and to be enjoyed for many years. However wool is a natural product and if you want it to remain in pristine condition, there are certain measures you should take. We assembled the following guide based on our own years of experience caring for our products.
Firstly when not in regular use (e.g. over summer months) we recommend hand-washing, drying and storing your knitwear in a sealed plastic bag or box. This is the best way to ensure your knitwear is kept safe from moth damage. Cleaning will also return the lustre and spring to the yarns and make your scarf, hat or gloves feel as new.
Never machine-wash our pieces. They can be dry-cleaned, but we prefer to hand-wash as it's less hassle, better for the environment and the longevity of your knitwear.
How to Hand-wash your knitwear:
You will need:
Wool wash detergent. We prefer unscented because nothing beats the smell of clean wool. Never use biological detergent as the enzymes can damage wool fibres.
A sink or large clean basin and access to running water.
2 - 3 large clean towels.
A drying rack - preferably horizontal.
Fill your basin with barely lukewarm / cool water and add wool wash detergent. If it's powder, ensure it's fully dissolved into the water.
Place your knitwear into the water and gently press down, making sure the knitwear is fully submerged. Don't agitate or rub the wool when it's wet, as this will felt the fibres.
Leave for 15 mins, then drain the water and gently press out water from the fabric.
Fill the basin again, with fresh lukewarm / cool water, to rinse your knitwear. Open out any folds to ensure the piece is fully rinsed.
Again, drain the water from the basin and gently press out water from the knitwear.
Lay a large towel on a clean floor and lay your knitwear out flat on top, reshaping it as you go. If it's a large piece like a shawl or blanket, you can fold it to fit the towel.
Begin to roll the towel up, like a Swiss roll, gently squeezing the water out. If after this your knitwear is still very wet, you can repeat this stage with a fresh, dry towel.
Once unrolled, place your knitwear on a drying rack, ideally a horizontal clothes-horse, or if you don't have one, just lay it out flat on another dry towel.
Allow to dry slowly - keep away from direct heat sources. Wool will naturally dry quite quickly as the fibres don't absorb much water.
Once your knitwear is dry, you can give it a very gentle low-medium heat press, and reshape further if needed. If using an iron, be sure not to stretch the fabric out by moving the iron across the surface. Try to simply press down and then lift up, as needed.
Your knitwear will look like new, feel and smell amazing!